Surveillance cameras on NH in Thrissur have been asleep for two years now
Chalakudy: The surveillance cameras installed on the National Highway and at traffic signals have been defunct for over two years now. However, no action has been taken to repair them.
Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation (Keltron) was given the annual maintenance contract. However, maintenance works are being postponed for one reason after another. Only 1 out of the 24 cameras set up between Mannuthy and the district border in Pongam is functioning now.
The Motor Vehicle Department had set up two types of cameras. One to find the speed of vehicles and the other to identify vehicles violating signals. Two each of the speed detecting cameras were set up at Koratty, Chalakudy, Nandikkara, Amballur and Nadathara. At present, only the pair in Nadathara is functioning.
Three cameras each were set up at junctions at Koratty, Muringur, Amballur, Marathakkara and Nadathara but none of them are functioning now.
The MVD officials said that they were informing Keltron about the condition of the cameras whenever there is a problem. The defunct cameras are aiding traffic violations and accidents have become a regular occurrence.
According to MVD’s statistics, the most number of accidents happen at Potta signal junction. As per records, the junction has witnessed 75 accidents in the last three years. Despite this, no surveillance cameras have been set up at Potta. It is a similar story in Chalakudy junction.